I have finally finished the Book of Deuteronomy and am ready to dig in to Joshua. I am reading the Word in the Message and Peterson writes some very interesting introductory thoughts about the book. This one in particular was very compelling, and I quote, “God’s great love and purposes for us are worked out in the messes, storms and sins, blue skies, daily work, and dreams of our common lives, working with us as we are and not as we should be.” (The Message. Eugene H Peterson. NavPress. 2004 pg. 263)
God loves us, without question, and really wants what is best for us. He knows what ‘we should be’ but determines to work with us as we are. His purpose is to make us the best we can be as we mirror His Son, Jesus. He knows we are imperfect, sinners, always. It is not a spur of the moment plan. God is able to see the past, present and future of each of our lives and He wants to be part of every moment. His presence is always there we just don’t always choose to honor it. God’s plan will prosper us and provide for us.
He does nothing without just cause. He knows the right time, the right place, and the reasons for His actions regarding us.
However, He expects us to communicate with Him through prayer. And wants others to be doing the same for us.
God knows and He will share His plan. All we have to do is ask and listen for the response.
Oh, How He Loves Us by David Crowder
Heavenly Father, my prayer today is that You will open our hearts and minds and give us the ability to hear You. Oh, Lord, when we hear You let us respond as You would have us respond. I lift this prayer in the Mighty and Awesome Name of Jesus. Make it so!
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So thankful for HIS unending love toward me. Blessings~
I love the beauty and peace of your writing. It is so hard to just “let go and let God…” as the saying goes. But what a difference when that finally does happen!
Looking forward to more through email!
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Hi Marie thanks for joining up with us again, I will be in Sydney for up to a month, as you know my Mum is in Hospital but good news I talked to her today and we even joked together, I could not understand all she said but enough to know she is getting better, I will catch up with you when I get back .
Yes God does Love us regardless of our weakness and shortcomings, I have more then most but the Scriptures make it very clear He does not fellowship with sinners and no where do they say He does, they say the opposite. Yes we will be forgiven if we repent in our heart, Jesus is our Advocate, but repentance means we reject sin and seek do good by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, we put our evil flesh to death.
God tells us to reckon ourselves dead to sin, not to keep saying we will continue to sin, if we sin we are still in darkness and don’t have the Light of Jesus, which means we don’t know Him in our heart, just our head, but this does not mean we never will, God knows those who are His from Eternity and the Holy Spirit will bring us to heart repentance but not force us to repent, we will want to because we Love God wholeheartedly , having asked for and received His Love.
Jesus although He did not condemn her for what she had done, told the woman caught in Adultery to go and sin no more, which means we have been set free so we don’t have to sin, No temptation will be greater than we can bear. In the Lord’s Prayer, when we ask Him to keep us from hard testing or temptation, we are asking for His strength to overcome but the statement not to lead us into sin, is not understood by many, God temps no one to sin or does He lead us into sin, there is no contradictions in Scripture only man’s errors and lack of understanding. Also if we want God’s forgiveness for our past sins we must forgive others, this is not works, it is obedience, God empowers us to forgive by The Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us to ask and we will receive.
I have given you a lot of Scriptures to confirm what I’m sharing Marie over the last two years, forget what you have been taught by man/woman, regardless of who they are, or what you think yourself and ask for God’s wisdom instead and meditate on these. Please read them in context, as an example, when God tells us if we say we are without sin we are calling Him a liar, He is talking about our Salvation, because if we say we have never sinned and don’t need Salvation, we are indeed calling Him a Liar, this is very clear if you read the whole chapter, or even better all of 1John, if we continue to sin we are still in darkness and do not know Jesus as our Lord.
In Romans7 Paul is seeking in the flesh to overcome his sin but can’t , he calls himself wretched, which we are not in Christ Jesus, He sets us free to be Holy and to be perfected in Love so we can be as He is, which is sinless. Paul then tells us how to put our flesh to death so we don’t sin in Romans 8 and other Scriptures.
Some say it doesn’t matter if we sin, we have Jesus’ righteousness so we don’t need our own but God tells us………
1John 3:4-10 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
If you sill believe I’m in error Marie after studying the Scriptures yourself, if needed when I return please confirm why you feel this with the confirmation of Scripture, not just with what others tell you or you think yourself. If you come close to God, the Devil flees, the only way we can come close to God is in The Spirit when we are not sinning in the flesh. God understands why we have sinned and still Loves us but does not condone sin or willingly allow it, when we sin we are hurting Him or sometimes others too and He hates this.
Christian Love from Jesus our Spiritual Husband and me too – Anne
I don’t think there are any errors in what you have written. I have struggled greatly with a dear, sweet young lady’s decision to follow an alternate lifestyle (as we say here in America). I know this is sin, not only in my heart but through the Word in both Testaments. I also believe the ultimate sin is turning away from our Jesus with full knowledge of His Word. It breaks my heart. Please forgive my long silence. Ray has been quite ill and is recuperating from 2 surgeries. Pray that he will continue to heal and become more active again. Much love to you, Anne. Marie